Joe Strummer & The Cuties

Joe Strummer & The Cuties

Power pop’s flagship song was almost the brainchild of The Cuties. That’s right, I said The Cuties. After the dissolution of Kursaal Flyers, Will Birch and John Wicks were searching for a good name for their newly formed band. They thought they had settled on...
The Making of Rock’ola

The Making of Rock’ola

Most folks don’t realize that John recorded an album of Records songs in 1991. The album was called Rock’Ola (1998) and was recorded in only three days. Here’s the story as I remember it. John’s Records were to embark on a short tour of Spain but Rock Indiana insisted...
More JW Stories to Come…

More JW Stories to Come…

It has been some time since the last post. In the near future I expect to rectify this and hope to relay more of the stories John shared with me. In the meantime, I saw this old concert flyer on a social media site featuring The Records and thought I’d post it...
#4: A Brush With Sir Elton

#4: A Brush With Sir Elton

The movie about Elton John, Rocket Man, reminded me of a story John once told me. And since I actually have a moment to share it, I thought I would. We had been discussing embarrassing moments when John mentioned that he had once performed with Elton John. He...
“Starry Eyes” & The Stiff Tour

“Starry Eyes” & The Stiff Tour

Ever wonder how “Starry Eyes” became a hit? It was no accident. Rather, it was right place, right time. The guys in The Records knew Dave Robinson, head of Stiff Records, long before they had a record deal with Richard Branson and Virgin Records. “Robo” as...